The Tennessee Titans addressed their defensive needs this offseason by signing pass rusher Bud Dupree to a five-year contract worth $82.5 million.
Dupree, who played college football at Kentucky, spent the first six seasons of his career with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
In those six seasons, Dupree compiled 231 total tackles, 39.5 sacks, eight forced fumbles, and an interception.
Titans are getting an elite pass disruptor
The Titans are getting one of the best pass disruptors in the league according to NFL.com’s Next Gen Stats.
NFL.com recently put together a list of the top 10 disruptors in the NFL.
The list was compiled by using advanced stats (including disruption rate and total disruptions), combined with traditional stats like sacks.
Using this method, NFL.com says Dupree was the No. 5 disruptor in the NFL last season.
Dupree’s season came to an end in Week 12 due to an ACL tear, but his absence only further illustrated his value off the edge. In the 12 games Dupree played in, Watt recorded a 19 percent pressure rate. With Dupree out, Watt’s pressure rate fell to less than 10 percent, underscoring Dupree’s importance to the defense. As for the numbers Dupree recorded prior to his injury, they were still darn good, and they go beyond the realm of pass rushing. He logged the second-most hustle stops — tackles where the player covers 20-plus yards of in-play distance from snap to tackle — in the entire league among players with at least 250 pass-rush snaps (6), proving Dupree is more than just a pass rusher.
Dupree came in just above perennial Pro-Bowl defensive lineman Aaron Donald on NFL.com’s list of disruptors (Donald was No. 6).
The only players listed above Dupree were Myles Garrett, Trey Hendrickson, Joey Bosa, and TJ Watt.
It certainly sounds like signing Dupree is a move that should pay immediate dividends for the Titans.
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